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Two killed in Okinawa motorcycle accident identified

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kadena Air Base confirmed Wednesday the identities of two airmen killed earlier this week in an off-base motorcycle collision.

Staff Sgt. Ronald G. Dayce, 25, of the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, was driving, with Senior Airman Kristie M. Arroyo, 24, of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, as a passenger. Their motorcycle collided with a Japanese motorcyclist at an intersection on Route 58 south of the Kadena gate at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to base officials.

Arroyo was pronounced dead shortly after the incident at U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester, and Dayce died at the hospital several hours later, officials said.

The Japanese motorcyclist suffered back injury and was treated at a local hospital, according to Okinawa police.

“Ron touched many lives in the squadron,” Lt. Col. Jacqueline Wilson, acting commander of the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, said in a prepared statement. “Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the family and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Lt. Col. Christina Clausnitzer, commander of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron said the death of Arroyo was a tragic loss for the squadron.

“We share in the sorrow felt by Senior Airman Kristie Arroyo’s loved ones, and we must not forget the tremendous contributions she made to our Air Force, our nation, and the dynamic impact she has left on our organization,” Clausnitzer said it a statement released by the Air Force.

On Wednesday, no memorial service had yet been scheduled, according to Kadena Air Base.

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